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Black Stupa (That Dam), Vientiane

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Monument
Legend has it that Black Stupa (That Dam) contains a dormant, seven-headed serpent, who guarded the city against the Siamese invasion in the 19th century. Located at the center of a roundabout, the monument is believed to have been built in the 16th century, and was once plated in gold before looters took its precious exterior, leaving it with the bare brick you see today. Stop by for a look at the stupa on your way to one of the nearby restaurants and bars. For Black Stupa (That Dam) and beyond, use our Vientiane family vacation planner to get the most from your Vientiane vacation.
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  • It does not say this in a sober, there is something. I'd stayed way from win, so take a look at it. Feel the tension slightly, and close to the U.S. Embassy is.
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  • Deep deeper black magic and dark caves of the stupa lives Nakkarhat the Dragon River serpent, emerald green and gold seven heads. On the night of Awk Phansa intimate depths of the city slips Boun along underground streams into the murky waters of secrets Mekong, faster, more powerful than a million paddling, Bolikhamsai launches into a riotous dance down to spit fireballs in the sky illuminating the paddies. That Dam is Black Stupa with its naturalness that seems to neglect, lying almost abandoned in the middle of the city and choked by cars, this makes it all the more disturbing and mysterious, certainly the treatment reserved to him has to do with superstition and animism, with the dead and with war, Golden Splendors of the great lontanno thousand years from Wat appears as a dark place.
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  • Nice to walk past on the way to somewhere else but not necessary a location in itself, Why not stop for a coffee and take a few photos.  more »
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  • Also called the Black Stupa, it's a quick visit, not too much to see. Supposedly was once covered in gold leaf like That Luang.
  • That Dam means "black Stupa" (That is Stupa, Dam is black).
  • It is interesting and old but could do with a little bit more info so its' significance can be understood a little better by tourists.
  • Heard it was covered over a lake...the monument was possible built by the France ppl...
  • Beautiful and lot of attraction places and restaurant